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Arizona Tribal Transportation


Contact Information for ADOT Tribal Liaisons and Coordinators

To assist with tribal consultation and coordination efforts, certain ADOT divisions, sections, groups and offices have designated personnel to work directly with tribal officials and staff on a regular basis. Contact information for ADOT tribal Liaisons and Coordinators are provided below.



ADOT Multimodal Planning Division (MPD)

ADOT MPD Tribal Planners, who also work as ADOT department-wide tribal liaisons, provide planning support and inter-governmental coordination for ADOT's statewide and regional planning projects and programs as they impact tribal governments and communities. Special emphasis is placed on conducting coordination efforts to improve tribal participation in the statewide transportation planning and programming processes.

Ermalinda Gene
Tribal Planning Program Manager
206 S. 17th Avenue, MD310B
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.6736
Rosalinda Federico
Tribal Planning Program Manager
206 S. 17th Avenue, MD310B
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.4095

ADOT Infrastructure Delivery and Operations Division (IDO) Right of Way Group

The ADOT Right of Way tribal Liaison works with tribal partnership steering committees plus associated task teams to address tribal transportation issues. As a Right of Way project manager, this person reviews project documents and plans and oversees acquisition of parcels needed by ADOT for highways throughout the State.

Elisabett Vargas
Right of Way Project Coordinator and Tribal Liaison
205 S. 17th Ave, MD 612E
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7053

ADOT Environmental Planning (EP)

The technical Section Manager works with the Historic Preservation team within the NEPA process. There is no one individual responsible for all tribal consultation; however, the Historic Preservation Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that all necessary Section 106-related tribal consultations take place and that the tribal consultation process is in full federal and state compliance.

Paul O’Brien
1611 W. Jackson St, MD EM02 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7767

ADOT Communications

Staff from the ADOT Communications provides public relations and media relations and media relation throughout the state. This office also supports activities involving Native American Tribes.

Kevin Biesty
Assistant Director
206 S. 17th Ave,MD 140A
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8462

ADOT Partnering Office

The ADOT Partnering Office provides a forum for collaborative teamwork. ADOT currently has partnering teams with the Navajo Nation/Navajo DOT, Hopi Tribe and San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Michael Carter
Partnering Administrator
206 S. 17th Avenue, Room 171
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8069

ADOT Government Relations and Policy Development Office

The ADOT Government Relations and Policy Development Office provides a proactive and effective process through which ADOT communicates with and serves the state legislature, elected officials and the people of Arizona. Governmental Relations assists with tribal related issues involving ADOT.

Kevin Biesty
206 S. 17th Ave,MD 140A,
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8224
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